Official Logo for Batman vs Superman movie courtesy Warner Bros.
“Batman vs Superman” movie filming in Michigan
Was Henry Cavill (pronounced like travel) good as the new Superman in “Man of Steel”?
Is Ben Affleck the right choice to become the new Batman?
The bigger question for us in the mitten state is… how much money and how many jobs will the sequel bring to the state of Michigan?
The currently unofficially titled “Man of Steel” sequel has been approved for Michigan’s film incentives… that will feature two of the most popular costumed heroes from the DC Comics universe: Superman (Cavill) and Batman (Affleck)… in one movie. The working title by many media outlets is actually “Batman vs Superman”, which follows several comic book story arcs concerning the two characters. The big budget blockbuster is not just a sequel to this year’s incarnation of Superman, its also expected to help setup an eventual “Justice League” movie or spinoffs (like the megahit “Avengers”), and will be the first new actor to play Batman since Christian Bale took over the Dark Knight cape and cowl in 2005. There has been a lot of buzz (mostly negative) about the casting of Affleck as the new Batman, but despite the outcry and petitions for change, the Oscar winning actor/director has reportedly signed on for multiple Batman movies. Affleck would be the 6th actor to play the caped crusader in a feature film (Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, and Bale were the others).
Henry Cavill as Superman in “Man of Steel” courtesy Warner Bros.
Ben Aflleck as “Daredevil” courtesy 20th Century Fox”
Back to the production in Michigan… the Michigan Film Office says the untitled movie expects to begin filming “in metro Detroit and throughout Michigan sometime in the first quarter of 2014″ (January-March)… with a scheduled July 2015 release date.
My sources say that no locations in West Michigan have been scouted for the project, but its still early in the process, as the movie is still in the pre-production stage.
The movie has been approved for $35 million in incentives on an anticipated $131 million of in-state spending, and expects to hire 406 Michigan workers. I would expect that the total budget for the movie has to be more than the $225 million spent on “Man of Steel”.
The Michigan Film Office also said it would use about 500 Michigan vendors and spend $5.1 million on local hotels, as well as an additional $3.5 million in out-of-town cast and crew per diem payments that will be spent in the local economy but which fall outside of the incentive program. The incentive funding for the project will be allocated out of the Fiscal Year 2014 budget.
The movie will be directed by Zack Snyder (“Man of Steel”, “Watchmen”, “300″) from a story written by Snyder and David S. Goyer. The movie also stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.
From press release: “Detroit is a great example of a quintessential American city, and I know it will make the perfect backdrop for our movie,” stated filmmaker Zack Snyder. “Detroit and the entire state of Michigan have been fantastic collaborators, and we are looking forward to working together on this film.”
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